Notes: Squabble squashed

Notes: Squabble squashed

ANAHEIM -- White Sox manager Ozzie Guillen called Angels manager Mike Scioscia Sunday morning to apologize for something he didn't say in regard to Kelvim Escobar-A.J. Pierzynski incident on Saturday night.

It was all about the headline and deck head in the LA Times that read: Angry White Sox Beat Angels/ Chicago Manager Guillen is mad at Scioscia after Escobar hits Pierzynski during LA's 2-1 loss.

Guillen reiterated that he never said that Scioscia was responsible for Kelvim Escobar hitting A.J. Pierzynski on Saturday and that the blame was solely on the Angels pitcher.

"I know you guys write and another guy puts on the headline," said Guillen, who acknowledged being upset with both the head and deck head. "I know the writers don't make the headlines. The headlines had nothing to do with the article. I understand that."

"I told Mike I did not say this," said Guillen "I'm not happy with what happened, but I told him, 'You did not have anything to do with it. I was upset with the kid [Escobar].

"[Scioscia] called me back and we decided we should turn the page," said Guillen. "We don't want [the players] to carry this through the rest of their careers. We don't want to have bad blood between two teams and two people who had nothing to do with it."

"Ozzie was upset with what was in the paper," said Scioscia, "We talked, we're fine. We don't have any problems with A.J. or with anybody on their club."

"To me, the thing is over," said Guillen. "If something happens again, we'll see what happens."

Sunday, Angels starter Ervin Santana hit Joe Crede in the shoulder region in the second inning. But there were no glares or stares or any incident.

For the record, there were no quotes from Guillen in that published story about Scioscia whom he had absolved from blame. In fact, on Saturday, he said, "Mike Scioscia is one of my favorite people in baseball and I don't have too many favorite people in this game. Mike to me is one of the class act managers, I always look up to him."

Of course the Escobar-Pierzynski controversy goes back to last year's American League Championship Series.

Escobar was on the mound in Game 2 of the ALCS at Cellular Field when Pierzynski reached first base on the controversial third strike call by home-plate umpire Doug Eddings as catcher Josh Paul rolled the ball back to the mound.

Pierzynski also reached on a play in Game 5 of that series in which Escobar tried to tag him with his glove, but had the ball in his bare hand.

Guillen wondered why the teams weren't warned before the game knowing the past history.

"The umpires did do a good job, but the warning should have been before the game, or even before the series began," said Guillen.

Pierzynski, who heard loud boos throughout the first two games of the series, was given the day off Sunday as Chris Widger got a start. Widger had caught two of Sunday's starter Jon Garland's shutouts. The backup catcher gave the White Sox a 3-2 lead in the fourth inning with an RBI single.

There were a couple of other lineup changes as Rob Mackowiak was starting in center field and Alex Cintron at second base.

Thornton in key situation: Guillen showed great confidence in bringing in reliever Matt Thornton with the game on the line in the ninth inning of Saturday's game. Thornton, who hadn't pitched since April 13 due to a sore lower back, picked up the hold retiring Garrett Anderson before walking Darin Erstad. Bobby Jenks then came on for his seventh save.

"We want to find out about what we've got," said Guillen. "I tell all my pitchers that I don't care what they did in the past. You can't win games in key situations, unless you are in games in key situations.

"I think I showed faith in him (Thornton)," said Guillen. "I want him to feel that everybody in the organization has that same faith. You can't be afraid to fail. We want to see our guys in tough situations to see what they can do. That's how you can create players and know what you have."

Thornton has not allowed a run in 10 innings lifetime against the Angels.

Guillen-Leyland mutual admiration: When Guillen first came up to the White Sox as a player in 1985, Jim Leyland was the team's third base coach on his way to becoming a big league manager. Today, both Guillen and Leyland are managing in the Majors, both in the same AL Central Division.

They appear to have great admiration for one another.

"Jim was my coach, one of the best third base coaches I ever had," said Guillen. "He was a great man for baseball. I think this man brings the best out of his players. He's not a good manager, nobody's a good manager. If you don't have good players, you're not a good manager. He's a great communicator with his players. It's going to be a great thing for the Detroit Tigers to bring him on board.

"The difference with us is that he spent a lot of time in the Minor Leagues and he knows a lot of different things in baseball," said Guillen. "He is a very nervous guy, pacing back and forth in the dugout, but I think people learn a lot about the game just being around him. He has a great passion for the game. Baseball needs people like him."

Leyland, who was here in Anaheim with his resurgent Tigers earlier in the week, was asked about Guillen and their early baseball days together in Chicago.

"Ozzie is a very talented guy, a very personable young man who is now a very personable older guy," said Leyland. "He was a very special guy, a good player with a lot of energy. I remember we (White Sox) got him in a trade with San Diego as part of the LaMarr Hoyt trade.

"We had Scott Fletcher and I was a big Fletcher fan," said Leyland. "But our scouts talked about this kid (Guillen) who was a great prospect and he turned out to be a heckuva player.

"You could tell he was a very instinctive guy even back there," said Leyland. "He's a bright guy and the success he's had as a manager doesn't surprise me."

On deck: The White Sox begin a two-game series in Cleveland on Monday with RHP Javier Vazquez (2-1, 3.67 ERA) taking on LHP Cliff Lee (2-1, 2.97 ERA) at 6:05 p.m. CT. Mark Buehrle and C.C. Sabathia will hook up on Tuesday morning at 11 a.m. CT.

Sandy Burgin is a contributor to This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.